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Old 01-17-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Snow first timer....need advice to preserve my SVT

Hey guys! I'm from California and so is my SVT. Unfortunately im moving to British Columbia and it snows there....aka salt and freezing temps that my cars never been in before. I have 100K on her and my question is what would be the best way to keep my car from rusting to nothing. I know the best thing to do is just put the car in storage...something i would do in a heartbeat but I need it for transportation.

Also I'm not sure how my mods will do. I have:
Header wrapped(Will it rot?)
Poly mount(is it good for winter?)
Diablo tune(is it good for freezing weather?)
RP oil/Tranny fluid(would it help to get something heavier weight)
My tires( lol need to be changed to all seasons for sure)


If anyone has anymore input about anything else plz comment.


p.s I wish I had butt warmers and a car plug.


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Old 01-17-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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Your car should be fine. Just pick up some 16" wheels with some good winter shoes on there and you'll be fine. I'm actually from NE Ohio and put my car through it's 2 first very harsh winters and I was glad that I had my butt warmers and traction control. I never did use my engine block heater though. You could get it undercoated to help it from rusting. Only place that you should really worry about is in the wheel wells. Also if you plan to do more mods in the summer time, be sure to use lots of WD-40 or Liquid Wrench on them "sticky" bolts and nuts
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Windshield washer fluid from warm climates will freeze. Get some winter washer fluid and flush it though the system, I found out the hard way buying a car from the south once.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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If you search around online, you can fine detailing products usually called salt neutralizers that will help get rid of the salt on your car, especially underneath. Unless the snow is crazy deep, your car will do fine as long as you have good tires on it. Ford makes an engine block heater for our cars that was a factory option, and I don't think they are terribly difficult to install. And some places that do car stereos sell seat heaters that they can install for you. I just got a set for my wife's camry for christmas.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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I have lived in Vancouver my whole life and it hardly snows here at all.this year was an exception,but we do get a few inches every year but not enough to worry about,you will be fine.
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great info guys. Thanks a lot.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:18 PM   #7
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i live in Alberta, we gets lots of snow..I always use my car all year around ( dont have the space for 2 cars)..and I have never had a car rust on me. I just make sure I wash it at least once a week, and I garage it at night, and Ive never had a problem
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Like OrangeSVTguy said. Get some 16's (Focus or Courgar rims) and some good snow tires. It's not smart to attempt the snow with the performance ones. I've done it, not by choice (early snow) and it scares the crap out of me. I live in Pennsylvania and it's amazing how many SVTs I see driving around with the performance tires on in the winter…it's just not safe.
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I just moved somewhat permanently from Alaska to California, and have a set of stock 5-spoke SVT rims on Hankook studded tires with about 3 months of use on the tires. The rims are a little ugly what with salt and brake dust, but they're stock at least and the tires are great in snow and ice. PM if interested?
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I have lived in Vancouver my whole life and it hardly snows here at all.this year was an exception,but we do get a few inches every year but not enough to worry about,you will be fine.
I was gonna say the same. Coastal BC is pretty mild (but cloudy as heck) with hardly any snow at all.
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